15 MARCH 2005

Security Council Extends Deadline for Nominations to Former Yugoslavia Tribunal until 31 March

NEW YORK, 14 March (UN Headquarters) -- The Security Council decided this afternoon to extend the deadline for nominations to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia until 31 March, thereby endorsing a suggestion by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Transmitting the decision in a letter to the Secretary-General (document S/2005/159), Council President Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg (Brazil) said that the Secretary-General’s suggestion had been brought to the attention of Council members.

The meeting began at 1:10 p.m. and adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

In his letter to the Council (document S/2005/127), the Secretary-General forwarded 11 nominations submitted by Member States, pursuant to paragraph 1 of article 13 ter of the Tribunal’s statute, and noted that the number falls short of the minimum 54 nominations required under paragraph 1 (c) of article 13 ter of the statute.

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